Elance Reviews

Updated April 25, 2014
Updated April 25, 2014
31 Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company, amazing people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Elance

    Pros

    - Working with bright people that love what they do
    - Friendly and collaborative environment
    - A lot of opportunities for professional growth

    Cons

    - Almost no downtime to take a breather from the rapid pace the company is running at. It's very exciting but could be taxing at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More structured ways to mentor & groom employees for further professions growth

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Elance

    Pros

    - Super smart people who work collaboratively and are fun to be around
    - Challenging work
    - Recognition
    - Accessible management team
    - Did I say super smart people??

    Cons

    - You have to want to work really hard and push yourself....could be a con for some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More regular, one on one meetings with the team.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sr Mgmt needs to get heads out of sand

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Elance

    Pros

    If you are able to swallow your pride and not do too much to stand out, there are decent career opportunities available.

    Cons

    Sr Mgmt seems to have very little appetite to spend the $$$ necessary to grow the company. Overall, its an interesting business model, but the Exec team (in particular the CEO) seem satisfied with the status quo and not ever growing beyond the small 50 employee company they are today.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How in the world the CEO hasnt been replaced by the Board of Directors is amazing. Growth rates are flat to almost nothing, and any talented individuals last no longer than 6-12 months before they get tired of pounding their head against the wall. On top of that, if you push back on any opinions of the Exec team you might as well start polishing up your resume because you'll be labeled "against us" and they'll replace you. I'm all for riding the company line but its to the point where they quash any interesting dialogue that they dont feel warrants the discussion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Former software engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Elance

    Pros

    Market leader which at times can fulfill promises to reward employees with company events. Decent pay and benefits, although nothing amazing.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, inability to reward hard work, deceptive practices when it comes to fulfilling promises it has made to employees regarding events, lunches, and other activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Elance could be a great company. The high turnover rate of management as well as the lesser employees will make Elance a company that will spin its wheels while making little progress for some time to come.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love Elance!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Elance full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Elance keeps getting better. I'm reading old reviews and it's only fair to say that things like "cubes from the 1990's" are no longer. We have a really cool and open layout. It's great to hear everyone talking about new ideas and approaches. The bar has always been high when it comes to hiring so my team has had some really smart additions and I'm excited to learn from them. It's a great place to work and learn and the people are awesome. The environment is really flexible too.

    Cons

    It's my own fault, but I should use the San Francisco office more often. Other than that, no complaints!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growth, Challenge, Integrity, Respect

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Elance full-time

    Pros

    Amazing company with great vision and outstanding people. Elance is the future of employment and is current evolving at a tremendous rate. The company has a very fast paced work environment so one is constantly learning/being thrown into challenging situations that allowed one to thrive and work harder. Managers and Directors are very respectful, supportive and constructive with the mentality of wanting their team to always be growing and advancing forward. Coworkers are very friendly and mindful of each other. The company does a great job at creating a fun working environment and making sure the employees feel comfortable at all time.

    Cons

    It used to be the commute but I have since moved closer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Talented and Smart Individuals

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Elance

    Pros

    Elance is in an exciting space at an exciting time - It's awesome to be a part of a company that makes a great impact to people across the globe!
    Extremely talented and smart employees- we all learn from each other
    Challenging work and great opportunity for career growth - flexibility & ability to try new things

    Cons

    Commute may be unpredictable at times, but it's great place to be!

  9.  

    Interesting

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Elance

    Pros

    It is one of the most professional freelancing networks to work in, and is one of the most organized.

    Cons

    Fixed payment projects are not guaranteed, and it is very difficult to get the first job on Elance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please guarantee that money will be given to workers on fixed payment projects.

  10.  

    Pretty average experience

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Specialist
    Former Employee - Senior Product Specialist

    I worked at Elance

    Pros

    Some very strong and s mart people there. A go od but no lon ger unique bus in ess model

    Cons

    The business model is no longer unique. They'll need to do something else to create an edge and maintain it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for more opportunities in small niche areas. Ask your people for more feedback. Don't be afraied to break out from what already doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working at Elance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Elance

    Pros

    Flexible work environment
    Work from home on Wednesdays
    Using the Elance site to improve the Elance site
    Talented and fun team
    Open communication
    Debates are constructive
    Unique leader in the industry

    Cons

    Not enough focus
    Change is driven by individual ranters on Twitter, Facebook, etc.
    No one's really heard of Elance
    Alot of ideas, but lack of growth in headcount where needed to make it happen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on 5 things to excel at, not 50.
    Learn from the past on how to prioritize and plan better.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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